Austria

 Photo: Didi Sattmann

Photo: Didi Sattmann

A conversation between Matthias Lilienthal and Anselm Franke about Christoph Schlingensief's "Please Love Austria!" (2002)

 Exhibition View Future Light: Escaping Transparency, MAK Exhibition Hall in the front: Bik Van der Pol, How Does a Straight Line Feel?, 2015 © Peter Kainz /MAK

Exhibition View
Future Light: Escaping Transparency, MAK Exhibition Hall
in the front: Bik Van der Pol, How Does a Straight Line Feel?, 2015
© Peter Kainz /MAK

The first Vienna Biennale aims to combine art, design, and architecture to generate creative ideas and artistic projects that help improve the world's problems. Maybe it wants too much. Our author puzzles over the problems of the event itself.

 Heimo Zobernig Photo: Lukas Gansterer

Heimo Zobernig
Photo: Lukas Gansterer

The endless talk about context is eating up art. While preparing for the Austrian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Zobernig speaks with Daniel Baumann about his career and the ideal artist.

 Piotr Uklanski & Hermann Nitsch Photo: Wolfgang Thaler

Piotr Uklanski & Hermann Nitsch
Photo: Wolfgang Thaler

The legendary Austrian artist speaks about the similarities between art and religion and the nature of being.

 Daniel Hoesl

Daniel Hoesl

The idiosyncratic, low-budget productions of Austrian filmmaker Daniel Hoesl narrate exemplary disruptions and upheavals with mischievous and post-heroic defiance of standardized milieus. Following eight shorts, Soldate Jeannette is the media arts graduate’s first feature-length film. The film, which has won international awards, revolves around two women, each running away from something, who meet at a countryside bowling alley: Fanni, who hails from the upper middle class, is broke and seeks to escape the strictures of a life ruled by money; Anna, the younger woman, can no longer bear the machismo on the farm.